Modibo Diakite has reportedly turned down advances from Napoli and Liverpool to sign with Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland.
The 26-year-old is reported in England today as having agreed a deal to join the Premier League side on Bosman deal.
Out of contract this summer, the move will end a seven-year stay for the Frenchman at the Stadio Olimpico.
Claudio Lotito commented on the move to the Corriere dello Sport today: “Lazio has a setting for a certain type, for this is Lazio.
“Otherwise, we would be another team.
“Whoever stays at Lazio must meet this requirement. Let us not be charmed by names and surnames.”